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Best things to do in Saint Kilda West

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Italian Restaurant
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“When it opened at the beginning of 2019, Di Stasio Citta ended a 30-year absence from the CBD for restaurateur Rinaldo Di Stasio. His first restaurant, Rosati, opened on Flinders Lane in 1985, shortly before he decamped to St Kilda for the now-classic Cafe Di Stasio. By the beach, the Merenda or After School Sandwich has been a staple for years. It’s a small, crusts-off, white-bread veal schnitzel sandwich that’s wrapped in foil and tastes as good as it sounds. And it’s made the journey to Cafe Di Stasio’s Spring Street sibling. The rest of the menu also resembles the St Kilda restaurant in many ways, heavy with handmade pasta. Old favourites such as thin capellini pasta with briny hunks of crab, or veal saltimbocca with semolina gnocchi, reappear. Radicchio arrives grilled, fanned out on the plate, dressed simply with lemon and oil, or there’s paccheri (large, tubular pasta) with bolognaise. Parmesan hits the table alongside your pasta, but is rarely required. Salt plays a spirited role here. Città itself is brutalist and strong, like entering a Milanese entryway. Melbourne architecture studio Hassel is behind the design, and it’s flat-out beautiful – a work of art in its own right. Di Stasio loves hearing that, but he also just wants diners to sit and relax – to tell stories, to drink wine, and breathe it all in. There are video installations that feel like modern frescos in a Blade Runner world. They’re jazzy and significant (by acclaimed Australian artists including Shaun Gladwell and Reko Rennie) and become part of the atmosphere as you settle in. The nature of a place like this is the headiness of it – the frivolity. You meet friends, they join you, they move on, and then you bump into someone else. You share another bottle. You stay a few more hours. And don’t expect your bill to come close to what you thought it might. And you’ll ask for it later than you imagined. But it’s worth it. Think of it as renting a very special part of the city for a few hours.”
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“Where you can sit with your feet in the sand having a feed & a drink watching the sunset over the bay & the kite-surfers & the yachts in the marina & the beach volleyball ”
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Café
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“- Great Coffee - Awesome selection of plant based breakfast / lunch options - Pet friendly ”
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Cantonese Restaurant
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“Born in 2006, Lau’s Family Kitchen is Cantonese food done Gilbert Lau (former Flower Drum) -style. A family affair, as the name suggests, Lau’s is a popular bayside restaurant situated on prime real estate at St Kilda’s Prince of Wales. The menu may have fewer options than the Flower Drum, but the flavours are close to being on par. There are dishes like the steamed Patagonian toothfish, and inventive variations on staples such as salt and pepper calamari and spring rolls. Sweet vinegar pork loin, wild barramundi, wonton soup and sautéed eye-fillets all arrive with a cultured sheen – delicately arranged and aesthetically pleasing. In the summer months you can sip a white wine and enjoy an entree of oysters, taro and eggplant or Chinese broccoli on the terrace, as you await your crispy-skinned poussin or Western Plains roasted pork belly to arrive from the humming kitchen. Due to the rising status of the place, it’s almost impossible to simply walk in off the street, so booking is recommended.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Good, honest, cheap and cheerful pizza and pasta restaurant with big serves. A St Kilda institution and a diverse crowd and backpacker staff from across the globe. ”
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Garden
“Lovely beach front park, with playground and $5 pony rides for the kids on Sunday mornings.”
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Bar
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“The Prince of Wales Hotel is the perfect mixture of a swanky nightclub, a boutique hotel, a casual Mexican eatery, a five-star restaurant, a hug band room and a old-school public bar. Highly recommended!”
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Australian Restaurant
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“Informal, warmly lit spot with timber decor, producing nice brekky, global tapas and brunch, plus cocktails...”
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Music Venue
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“The cornerstone of St. Kilda's musical pleasures resides within The Prince of Wales Bandroom, near the corner of Fitzroy and Acland Streets. The Prince Bandroom has been a host to live music for more than 6 decades. Many of the best local and international bands and DJs play The Prince Bandroom when in Melbourne. A staple of the Melbourne live music scene for the last 100 years, this institution of Melbourne is the place to go to let your hair down and just have fun...! ”
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Playground
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“The rustic space features exposed brick, Day of the Dead skull art and moody lighting which lends itself to the authenticity of the mexican menu”
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Australian Restaurant
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“Simply one of the best modern restaurants in Melbourne. You'll pay for it and enjoy it all the same.”
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Bar
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Food
“Awesome place with great coffee, food and most importantly a kids playground next door”
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Bar
“Live jazz, mixed drinks, late night dance, and share plates in a decadent, art deco-style bar, plus outdoor tables. Nice!”
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Cafe
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“TV chef Ian Hewitson owns this - the food and wine is very good. Nice place to sit at the bar and chat to friends.”
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